Tally-Ho!

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
My second interpretation of the picture for the Booksie Flash Fiction Competition. It may be nearer than you think!

Submitted: February 05, 2017

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Tally-Ho!

 

Harriet ran! She ran because she had no choice. She pounded through the pain, the cramps, through the stones and glass cutting into her bare feet. To slow down would prove fatal.

 

Harriet had been expecting this day. She had just never considered it would be so bright. She was an orphan after all, belonged to no-one but the rich who kept her alive.

 

Humans, poor ones, were seen as a commodity. Is there a shortage for labour? We’ll send you some more. Too many then we’ll have a cull, bring the numbers down a bit. And what better way than by holding a hunt. The animals that used to provide the rich with sport disappeared long ago.

 

Harriet stopped suddenly, flung her arms out to keep her balance. There’s nowhere to go now but into the sea and Harriet knows she cannot swim.

 

A shot rang out behind her. It missed, but only just! She’d felt it whistle past her.

 

Into the water, one step at a time; the sea rapidly rising up to waist level. The hunters would gleefully kill her but at least now there’s a possibility that she’ll prove to be a really fast learner.

 

(200 words)


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